Official hails institute for backing policy through skills training


MAPEX Training Institute Lae campus continues to support the Morobe government’s policy of “Kisim bek Morobe” through skills training, an official says.
Noah Ariku, an officer from the Morobe governor’s office, said this during the second graduation ceremony of 280 students under the plant operator and motor vehicle driving course. The institute was established in Lae this year offering several short term courses and programmes and would gradually offer full courses.
“More than 300 students graduated in the first batch, which means more than 500 people have graduated from this course now,” Ariku said.
“The institute has contributed a lot of skilled individuals that will now be able to contribute to Lae and Morobe, or in communities wherever they reside.”
The nationally recognised training institute has more than 1,000 students currently attending courses at its Lae campus located at St Vee, Top Town, Lae.
Director Marcus Kara said the institute would expand to other provinces as skills training was important in Papua New Guinea. “We have partnered with the Works department in the training of machine operators, because they will need operators one day,” Kara said.
“We have also partnered with Motor Vehicle Insurance Ltd (MVIL) for safety and insurance cover.”
He said the school’s supporters were the governor’s office, provincial government, Lae City Authority, Lae Traffic Office and Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Kara said the country needed a skilled workforce to operate machines and vehicles because many institutions were focusing more on teaching other programmes.